Kite travellers from around the globe come to Kalpitiya Lagoon, long regarded as the top spot in Sri Lanka for kitesurfing. Beginners love the flat, shallow water which shelters from strong waves, and pros love the reliable winds at a near-constant stream of 25+ knots! Epic kitesurfing freestyle competitions are also regularly held here.
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Helpful Questions from Other Travellers
How do I get there?
There are a couple ways to do it. The fastest route is probably to hire a car and driver in Colombo and drive up. The journey is about 4 hours. Depending on how many people you have in your group, a one-way transfer from Colombo airport to Kalpitiya will cost between EUR 65-80. If you prefer public transport, you could also take the commuter train going from Colombo to Puttalam, and get off at Palavi Junction (train tickets run from LKR 110-400, depending on the class). From Palavi Junction, you can hire a tuk tuk (usually a few are always waiting at the station) to take you all the way to the place you are staying in Kalpitiya (price is LKR 8000-10,000). The commuter train will take approximately 4h 20m, and the tuk tuk will take approximately 30-45 minutes.
Do I need to go with a guide?
If you are learning kitesurfing for the first time, or wanting to upskill, you will want to go with an instructor who can show you the ropes. If you are already a pro, you can hit the waves on your own. Instructors are also there for kiters that may feel a little rusty and need a refresher.
Do I need to train up?
In order to kitesurf, you should be in moderately good shape (i.e. able to walk for a few hours at a time) and be a good swimmer. Although the waters in the lagoon are not deep, you should be comfortable in the water as you will be trying lots of new and slightly uncomfortable things.
What's the best time to go?
The best months to visit are January, February, May, June, July, August, September, October, December
We recommend the above period because you would have:
- Good weather
- More activities available
Any tips for what to do in the area?
There are lots of activities to do here! In addition to kitesurfing, you can also go dolphin watching, snorkelling, and take yoga classes. Most of these activities can be arranged by the kite shop you are staying with.
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